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Charles Cundall (1890-1971)   BIOGRAPHY

Henley Royal Regatta, 1959
Framed (ref: 6030)
Oil on canvas 
27 x 50 in. ( 68.5 x 127 cm)


Provenance: Frost & Reed; purchased by the current owner in 1970

Exhibited: Royal Academy, 1959 (245); - A Working Method,Young Gallery Salisbury, March- April 2016, Sotheran's, April-May 2016. 

Literature: Charles Cundall - A Working Method, Edited by Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, published by Liss Llewellyn Fine Art, February 2016.

This scene depicts an eights race during the late 1920s, probably a Grand Challenge Cup final. The perspective shows a degree of artistic license the Leander Club and the boating tents have been left out completely, bringing the bridge much closer to the finish line (and the press box-the middle of the three smaller boxes in the centre of the picture- closer to the bridge). A companion pair to this oil, commissioned by Harold Rickett and looking towards the start of the race, is owned by Henley Royal Regatta.

Charles Cundall (1890-1971)

Painter, potter and stained glass artist, born in Stratford, Lancashire. After working as a designer for Pilkington's Pottery Company under Gordon Forsyth, Cundall studied at Manchester School of Art, obtaining a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, 1912. After World War I army service he returned to the Royal College in 1918, then from 1919 to 1920 attended the Slade, and furthered his studies in Paris. Cundall traveled widely in several continents and became noted for his panoramic pictures, such as Bank Holiday Brighton, in the Tate Gallery (accession no. NO4700). He was a member of NEAC, RP, RWS and other bodies and was a prolific RA exhibitor. He had first solo show at Colnaghi 1927. He was an Official War Artist in World War II, during which time he was sent to Quebec (1944). In the same year he was elected RA. His wife was the artist Jacqueline Pietersen.

His technical facility - especially when working on large panoramic canvases - was remarkable. His pictures are rich with texture, light and movement. He was equally at ease with aerial views, landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes, and was a master of crowd scenes. His work as an Official War Artist has never received the attention it merits.

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